New York City as it Was and Is
|A scene from Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" music video (all screen captures courtesy of MCA Records).|
Glenn Frey had a big hit in 1985 with "You Belong to the City." It was a typical mid-80s song that combined soulful sax jazz with a thumping techno beat. Off of the Miami Vice soundtrack album, the song peaked at number 2. It was held out of the top stop only by Starship's "We Built This City." It should have taken the top spot, but I guess showing Abraham Lincoln jumping out of his chair to Boogey was more in tune with the times than long, languid vistas of the Empire State Building. Anyway, it's a great song and I highly recommend it. However, for our purposes, I am going to zoom in on some of the evocative scenes from the video. To set the stage, the music video features Glenn Frey and a mysterious lady in blue who are both out on the town one night and find each other.
|West 42nd Street looking east from Eighth Avenue in 1985.|
|West 42nd Street looking east from 8th Avenue (Google Street View, August 2013).|
|The lady in blue finds a place to have a drink or two. Mysteriously, she has switched cabs, from one without a placard to one with a big blue one on the roof. Maybe she stopped somewhere else while Glenn was hoofing it downtown.|
February 8, 1985, dining guide article in the New York Times notes that Central Falls was "A cheerful and trendy restaurant with a generous bar and changing exhibitions by contemporary artists." It was open to 2 a.m. on the weekends, so a good place to go after the shows. These places with the big glass fronts and dinner and dining were a dime a dozen in the 1980s, but there's something to be said for going down to Soho for a drink.
|478 West Broadway (Google Street View June 2019).|
|"Tin Pan Alley" was an edgy bar on West 49th Street|
Tin Pan Alley might be somewhere someone artsy would go after having drinks at, well, Central Falls. Well, there or Florent down in the Meatpacking District. In 1985, that is. But, I digress.
|The site of "Tin Pan Ally" on West 49th Street (Google Street View June 2019).|
|The lady's abode is pretty easy to identify, as the street number is on the sidewalk now just as it was in 1985.|
|200 West 57th Street, NYC (Google Street View May 2019).|
|200 West 57th Street is on the right (Google Earth).|
|West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in 1985.|
|Looking east from West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue (Google Street View May 2019).|
|The Solow Building (Google Street View June 2019).|